Pastors Rick and Alexa Olson
Rick and Alexa Olson have had an exciting and varied ministry in several locations and in different areas. After marrying July 18th, 1970 in Albion, Michigan, the Olson's set up residence in Houston, Texas where Pastor Rick Olson was raised. Pastor Rick was in San Jacinto College studying to be a Certified Public Accountant. Pastor Rick had felt his call to the ministry years before, and after much soul searching, enrolled in Texas Bible College. While in school, the Olson's were working hard in Pastor Olson's home church, Gulfgate Pentecostal Church, where Rev. F. D. Olson, Pastor's father was the Pastor. The Olson's served in Music, Youth, Outreach and many other areas of ministry during this time. The Olson's served for a time in Albion, Michigan where Pastor Alexa's father, Rev. William R. Starr was Pastor.
In 1976 the Olson's experienced a dramatic call from God to go to Philadelphia, PA to start a new work. The Olson's taught many bible studies, held home meetings and saw many souls saved. They established a church "Evangelistic Temple", on the Northeast side of Philadelphia. This was a very adventurous and valuable time in the ministry lives of the Olsons.
Pastor Olson's father became ill and they were called back to pastor Gulfgate Pentecostal Church in Houston, Texas in 1979. Then on July 27, 1981 the Olson's first child, Aaron Matthew was born. After 11 years of marriage the Olson's were thrilled to welcome such a bundle of joy into their home. The Olson's were enjoying a new baby and a brand new house, when God started dealing with them to start a new work. After much praying and resistance to the move, the Olson's submitted to the will of God and started the relocation to Jacksonville in February of 1984. On July 27, 1986 the Olson's second child was born, Shauna Renee. What a beautiful baby girl, full of life and curiosity of her world. Two children born on the same day! Parenting was truly a pleasure to the Olson's. Aaron is now married to Lindsay Shipe Olson since November 13, 2004 and are doing well in their lives. Shauna is single and is living in Oklahoma. The Olson's are looking forward to the good things that God has in store for the Church and in their ministry.